Manhattan Real Estate in history/today: The Ansonia

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Real Estate Broker with The Corcoran Group

The Ansonia - Iphone photo - Mitchell Hall

The Ansonia - Upper West Side - 2109 Broadway 

 

When The Ansonia opened in 1904 it was called:

"the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world"

Loaded with towers, mansard roofs, ornate balconies, balustrades, and bay windows, the Ansonia is easily Broadway's most opulent structure. When it opened in 1904, this extraordinary, eighteen story Beaux Arts building provided tenants with such luxuries as electric stoves, hot and cold filtered water, freezers, a pneumatic -tube system to deliver messages, and even an early form of central air conditioning.

The building also had incredibly thick walls installed to protect against fire, which meant Ansonia suites were among the most soundproof in the city. This is the reason many famous musicians took up residence in the building. The building has a plaza in the lobby with two entrances on west 73rd and west 74th streets. A swimming pool and garage are in the basement. The building is located on a curve in Broadway and is visible from up and down The Boulevard.

In addition to its famous residents, the Ansonia has been in many movies. In The Sunshine Boys, it was Walter Matthau's Manhattan apartment. The 1919 Black Sox World series scandal was conceived in front of the Ansonia.

The Ansonia was also the spot where Bette Midler got her big break in show business. She sang danced and clowned at the Continental Baths, a gay spa that once occupied the Ansonia's basement and whose cabaret room was popular in the 1970's. Today, the Continental Baths are history, but the Ansonia is still a vital part of the Upper West Side.

Today the Ansonia is a condominium it has 462 apartments on 18 floors. As of this writing there is one active listing in the Ansonia. A 400 square foot studio for $495,000. Prices for condominiums in the Ansonia range from the $400's for studios to $6 million for a 6 bedroom.

Bette Midler at the Continental Baths with Barry Manilow on piano
in The Ansonia's basement (1970-1972)

 

Manhattan Apartment Buildings in history/ today

 

A Blog Series Courtesy of:

Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker, The Corcoran Group

 

©Mitchell Hall

 

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Rainmaker
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Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group

Bonjour Marc,

Thanks for stopping by. It sounds like you grew up in Lincoln Towers. The Trump buildings blocked some of the river views from Lincoln Towers but they are still very popular apartments. The Ansonia is currently going through a major restoration of the facade. It is going to look gorgeous when it's finished.

March 27, 2008 06:30 AM
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marc

Hi Mitchell,

Not exactly the Lincoln Towers, but the twenty-story red brick building- 303 M66th - between WE Avenue and the new Trump buildings, opposite what we called the Alcoa buildings back then.

Congratulations for the concept of your blog - it's something that is sadly lacking in Paris, where there could also be focus on historical buildings and the celebrities who lived in them.

I'll definitely have a look at the renovtion work at the Ansonia when I'm around in May;

Best,

Marc

April 02, 2008 05:44 PM
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Kimo Stowell
Real Estate Merchandiser
JDS Consulting: Decor Design and Merchandising

Aloha Mitchell,

Thanks for the Post I love the musical sound track. Can you play the sound track to Arthur? hehehe

Peace,

April 02, 2008 07:04 PM
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Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group

Hi Marc. I know those building. Thanks for stopping by and the compliment

Kimo, Thanks for stopping by I just added the music I was afraid it might annoy people.  You can click to play any song or click it off.

April 02, 2008 07:44 PM
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David Laven
Keller Williams Realty Boston Metro

Interesting fact about the landmark

July 24, 2009 10:26 PM
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